To enjoin is to issue an urgent and official order. If the government tells loggers to stop cutting down trees, they are enjoining the loggers to stop.
Enjoin looks like it should mean bring together, and at one time, it did have that meaning. But in current usage, the only thing enjoin brings together is a command and the person on the receiving end of that order. If your doctor enjoins you to stop smoking, he is suggesting strongly that you quit.
v give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
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command with authority
give instructions or directions for some task
make someone do something
call, send for
order, request, or command to come
ask to go away
instruct or command with authority
instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence
burden, charge, saddle
impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
make a formal request for official services
cite, summon, summons
call in an official matter, such as to attend court
call, summon, or alert with a beeper
call back, recall
summon to return
summon to a particular activity or employment
call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
call to duty, military service, jury duty, etc.
disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto
ask to come
printing: direct that a matter marked for omission or correction is to be retained (used in the imperative)
call up, mobilise, mobilize, rally
call to arms; of military personnel
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ask (a person) to do something